Last week I got surprised by a Wiican user who is using it for controlling MOC (Music on Console). Kinda geek mediacenter! isn’t? I love it If you’ve curious: a video for seeing Wiican over MOC in action has been recorded by Oscar, click on the image on the right. Oscar has been so nice to answer some questions about how has used Wiican for this proposes, so let’s start!
Wiican: Which have been basically the steps you have taken to set
the Wiimote for handling with MOC? How about the difficulties?
Oscar: The basic step was setting a custom mapping. Easy! (the app is very focused on keeping it simple). The hardest, if you can say (at first I did’nt realized) was to change the permissions of the folder where the custom mappings are kept. Then everything went smoothly.
W: What do you like best of Wiican? And the least? What would you change?
O: What I like about Wiican undoubtedly is the ability to create your own mappings. That gets you to use the wiimote for whatever you have in mind (you can control the wii guitar to play frets on fire!). It could be used, for example, to control an RSS reader like Google Reader, scrolling, bookmark, unread, etc. A great tool, no doubt.
O: What I really liked least, I would say: its limitation to Linux environments. If there were a Windows version, I don’t know if I would use it, though, but some friends got amazing after seeing it in action. They would use it but the Linux world is too far away, even it is relatively easy to use the desktops. I would not change anything currently in the program. It starts quickly and without error, and connects instantly with the Wiimote!
W: Did you try any other software to manage MOC with the Wiimote?
O: No, actually I do not know about more programs to use wiimote in Linux. I would still using Wiican even if I found another one, because it has everything I need: simple, light and effective!
W: Finally which version of Wiican you are using and which desktop environment?
O: I use it on a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04, with Unity 5.0. Previously I’ve also used it with Ubuntu 10.10 and Gnome, which also worked perfectly.
If you want to use Wiican with MOC, just create a new mapping from the mapping editor dialog and paste this code:
#A: Choose element #B: Play/Pause #Up/Down: Navigate through elements #Left/Right: Rewind/Forward #Plus/Minus: Up/Down Volume #Home: Switch Browser/Playlist #1: Add file to playlist #2: Remove file from playlist Wiimote.A = KEY_ENTER Wiimote.B = KEY_P Wiimote.Up = KEY_UP Wiimote.Down = KEY_DOWN Wiimote.Left = KEY_LEFT Wiimote.Right = KEY_RIGHT Wiimote.Minus = KEY_COMMA Wiimote.Plus = KEY_DOT Wiimote.Home = KEY_TAB Wiimote.1 = KEY_A Wiimote.2 = KEY_